The 15 Coolest Things Coming To Us Cities In 2017

The Downtown Arts District, Los Angeles, California

An artists enclave booms into a proper Downtown scene.


America’s greatest scene of urban sprawl has done a remarkable job updating its urban center, and in 2017 the Downtown core will be a part of LA worth visiting as surely as Venice Beach or Hollywood. High-rise development is only part of the story; the real spot to see is out on the fringes between Little Tokyo and the LA River, a one-time artists colony that’s become the non-showbiz creative hub of the city.

The coming year will see the biggest influx of business to the area since its recent resurgence. The 30-acre ROW DTLA project will welcome an 8,000sqft store from limited-edition clothier Bodega, minus the hidden entrance. It’ll also host a new location for local favorite cafe Go Get Em Tiger, as well as an oyster bar, a 4,000sqft indoor/outdoor coffee shop, and its own artists-in-residence program on site. It’s also home to a weekly showcase of local food vendors called Smorgasburg LA, the perfect way to taste the best food LA has to offer without having to shell out restaurant prices.

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